PHILADELPHIA, May 21, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) at Eastern Regional Medical Center (Eastern) proudly announced today that it has received the Healthgrades 2013 Outstanding Patient Experience Award™. This honor ranks CTCA at Eastern among the top five percent of hospitals identified for outstanding performance in delivering a positive experience for patients during their hospital stay, as measured by Healthgrades, the leading online resource that helps consumers search, evaluate, compare and connect with physician and hospitals.
"At CTCA, our patients are at the center of all we do," said John McNeil, President and CEO of CTCA at Eastern. "This is a wonderful tribute to our team members who are constantly working to deliver the most advanced treatment options for cancer, while establishing partnerships with our patients that enable us to better understand their specific needs and exceed all expectations for the quality of their care."
CTCA at Eastern reached the top echelon of performance within the Outstanding Patient Experience category. Hospitals from five separate categories are listed according to their overall patient experience score. The top 15% with the highest overall patient experience scores in their respective classification are eligible for the OPEA, and CTCA reached the top five percent of this distinguished group.
To be eligible for the Healthgrades 2013 Outstanding Patient Experience Award, hospitals had to meet clinical quality thresholds and have data for a minimum number of surveys from the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems, or HCAHPS—the first national, standardized, publicly reported survey of patients' perspectives of hospital care, administered by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
"As hospitals continue to struggle with the delivery of high-quality, safe care in the face of mounting financial and regulatory pressures, the hospitals who have achieved Healthgrades 2013 Outstanding Patient Experience Award stand above the rest in terms of providing the most positive experience for patients during their hospital stay," said Evan Marks, EVP Informatics and Strategy. "This exceptional performance reflects a commitment to superior quality of clinical care."
About Cancer Treatment Centers of America at Eastern Regional Medical Center
Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Inc. (CTCA) is a national network of hospitals focusing on complex and advanced stage cancer. CTCA offers a comprehensive, fully integrated approach to cancer treatment and serves patients from all 50 states at facilities located in Atlanta, Chicago, Philadelphia, Phoenix and Tulsa. Known for delivering the Mother Standard of care and Patient Empowerment Medicine, CTCA provides patients with information about cancer and their treatment options so they can control their treatment decisions. For more information about CTCA, go to www.cancercenter.com.
Healthgrades, headquartered in Denver, Colorado, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. More than 225 million consumers use the Healthgrades website to search, evaluate, compare and connect with physicians and hospitals that best meet their treatment needs. Consumers are empowered through use of the Healthgrades proprietary information about clinical outcomes, satisfaction, safety, and health conditions to make more informed healthcare decisions and take action. For more information please visit www.healthgrades.com and www.bettermedicine.com.
SOURCE Cancer Treatment Centers of America